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  1. Should We Patent Genes?

    “The Supreme Court is poised to take up the question of whether human genes can be patented. But some say advances in the field may blunt the impact of its ruling.” New York Times

    Science

  2. Giant Snail Invasion

    “South Florida is fighting a growing infestation of one of the world’s most destructive invasive species: the giant African land snail, which can grow as big as a rat and gnaw through stucco and plaster.” Reuters

    Animals

  3. First Working, Lab-Grown Kidney

    “A kidney ‘grown’ in the laboratory has been transplanted into animals where it started to produce urine, US scientists say.” BBC

    Science

  4. Harvesting Gold From Plants?

    “Scientists have developed a new technique which they claim can grow and harvest gold from crop plants. The technique of finding gold called phytomining uses plants to extract particles of the precious metal from soil.” Times of India

    Earth

  5. New Diseases Invading Oceans

    “Harmful organisms usually found on land are infiltrating coastal areas, wreaking havoc on marine mammals, scientists say.”
    National Geographic

    Environment

  6. Birds Are Promiscuous, DNA Shows

    Most birds mate for life, but here’s the cold truth: They also mess around. “And here’s the switch: Blame the ladies.” ABC

    Animals

  7. Music Charms, Sooths Premature Babies

    “Music helped to slow the infants’ heartbeats, calm their breathing, improve sucking behaviors important for feeding, aid sleep and promote
    quiet alertness.” New York Times

    Science

  8. Adventurer to Kayak From Spain to Mexico

    “Mexican adventurer Abraham Levy, who in 2008 kayaked 11,000 kilometers (6,800 miles) along the coasts of his country, will try to row it alone from Spain to Mexico in a boat equipped with the latest in 21st-century
    navigation technology.” Global Post

    People

  9. Rare Psalm Book May Sell For $30 Million

    “A rare copy of the first book printed in what is now the United States of America may sell for as much as $30 million when it comes up for auction in November, according to Sotheby’s.” CNN

    History

  10. 360˚ Virtual Aurora Borealis

    Photographer Göran Strand set up a camera in Sweden, took a bunch of pictures of the Northern Lights, and stitched them all together to create this immersive virtual tour. Astro Fotografen

    Just for Fun